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Searching Japanese History Bibliographies (Subject Bibliography) Published in the Japanese Language

This webpage introduces search tools (subject bibliographies) chiefly in the Japanese language available mainly in the Tokyo Main Library Humanities Room to find reference resources (books, journal articles, etc.) related to Japanese history.

To search for journal articles about general subjects, please refer to Comprehensive Journal Article (in Japanese) Search Tools (in the Humanities and General Subject Fields). *in Japanese

The following article databases are especially useful for searches.

Numbers shown in brackets 【 】 indicate the NDL call number for an item. The [Range] field indicates the range of years during which the material of interest was cataloged and material format.

Contents

1. Searching Basic Literature
2. Searching Research Trends
3. Searching Comprehensively
4. Searching by Era
5. Searching by Theme
6. Regional History

 

1. Searching Basic Literature

The following bibliographies are useful for searching for basic literature related to a particular era or theme.

  • Hideo Kuroda [et al.], ed., "Nihonshi bunken jiten" (Encyclopedia of basic books in Japanese history research)国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク (Kobundo  2003  【GB1-H14】)
    [Range] Chiefly books. Some articles published in books and journals
    [Order] Author name in Japanese alphabetical order
    [Index] Book/Article title index, subject/item index, name index, foreign language index
    [Notes] The back of the book includes a detailed listing of the contents of collected works and writings (in Japanese alphabetical order of author name), and a detailed listing of the contents of book series (in order of publication year).
  • "Tenbo nihon rekishi" (A survey of Japanese history) vol.2-6, 8-24 (Tokyodo Shuppan  2000-  【GB71-G78 and others】)
    [Range] Articles published in books and journals
    [Notes] Includes the main text and explanations of the importance of each research article. Bibliographies of literature for relevant eras and themes are included in the back of each volume.

In addition to introducing research trends, the dictionaries below list significant literature at the back of each item.

 

2. Searching Research Trends

Bibliographies and reviews of the research literature printed in history journals are useful for investigating newly published literature and research trends. Here are a few typical bibliographies.

  • "Shigaku zasshi" (Journal of historical science) (Shigakkai  monthly)
    *As for the NDL's holdings, the issues from 1889 to 1964 are on microfilm, 【YA-20国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク】; issues from 1965 and after are available in paper form 【Z8-321国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク】.

Shigaku bunken mokuroku: Nihonshi' (Historical science bibliography: Japanese history) (1960 (volume 69, number 7)-present  annual  the March (3), April (4), July (7), August (8), November (11), and December (12) issues)
[Range] 1960-present. Books, articles published in books and journals
[Order] Varies by content
[Index] None
[Notes] In recent years, the March (3), August (8), November (11), and December (12) issues have come to focus on research articles; the April (4) issue to focus on books, and the July (7) issue to focus on local history-related books.

・'XXXX nen no rekishi gakkai kaiko to tenbo' (Historical science of the previous year: review and perspective) (1950 (volume 59, number 5)-present  annual  May (5) issue) *For the year 1970, June (6) issue (volume 79, number 6) includes the content.
[Range] 1949-present. Books, articles published in books and journals
[Index] None
[Notes] Major literature are presented among the overview of research trends from the previous year. The '1948 nen no rekishi gakkai' (Historical science of 1948) was printed in volume 58, number 1 (1949) before it could be established as a special issue. Contents were reprinted in the form of the "Nihon rekishi gakkai no kaiko to tenbo" (Historical science in Japan: review and perspective) described below from 1949 until 1985 once they had been resorted and reorganized by topics such as region and era, etc.

  • Nihon Rekishi Gakkai, ed., "Nihon rekishi" (Japanese history) (Yoshikawa Kobunkan  monthly)
    As for the NDL's holdings, the 1946-2000 editions are available in the National Diet Library Digital Collection (*in-library use only). The 2001-present editions are in paper form 【Z8-255国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク】.

・'[Japanese history related] Zasshi ronbun mokuroku (Journal article catalog)' (April 1955-present) published in each issue
[Range] Research papers published in journals (collected research articles such as historical research association/research organization newsletters, university/institutional bulletins, etc.)
[Order] Varies by content
[Index] None

Recent research papers have also been put together in the following bibliographies.

  • "Rekishigaku kiyo ronbun soran" (Compendium of research papers in historical science bulletins)国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク (Nichigai Asoshietsu  2007  【G1-H7】)
    [Range] Respective initial year of publication for each bulletin-2006
    [Order] University name in Japanese alphabetical order> Bulletin title in Japanese alphabetical order> Publication year
    [Index] Author name index, collected journal title index
    [Notes] Collection of detailed contents from university bulletins
  • "Nihonshi tosho mokuroku" (Catalog of Japanese history books) (Nichigai Asoshietsu  1999, 2004 Rekishi tosho somokuroku (General catalog of Japanese history book); 7-8, 10-11)
    *The 1991/1997 and 1998-2003 volume contain ancient, medieval, early modern history (1991/1997 【GB1-G41国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク】, 1998-2003 【GB1-H24国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク】), and modern and a comprehensive history (1991/1997 【GB1-G41国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク】, 1998-2003 【GB1-H26国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク】) respectively.
    [Range] 1991-2003. Books
    [Order] Era> Theme> Book title in Japanese alphabetical order
    [Index] Author name index, book title index, item index

 

3. Searching Comprehensively

Bibliographies covering literature published more than 20-30 years ago are useful since they may bring up books and journal articles not cataloged in search services such as NDL Online or CiNii. The cumulative table of contents and general index for a particular journal may also be issued.

 

4. Searching by Era

 

5. Searching by Theme

The following tools are available for searching literature by theme:

  • Hoseishi Gakkai, ed., "Hoseishi bunken mokuroku" (Bibliography of Japanese legal history) vol.1国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク, 2国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク and 3国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク (Sobunsha et al.  1983-1997  【A111-134】)
    [Range] August 15, 1945-1989. Books, articles published in books and journals
    [Order] Theme> Author name or book title in Japanese alphabetical order
    [Index] Personal name index
    [Notes] Users can search literature since 1980 with the Hoseishi Bunken Mokuroku (Bibliography of Japanese Legal History) (1980-present)外部サイトへのリンク (http://www.jalha.org/bksrch.htm)
  • "Keizaishi Bunken" Kaidai Detabesu (Economic History Bibliography Database)外部サイトへのリンク (Institute for Research in Economic History of Japan, Osaka University of Economics)
    http://kaidai.osaka-ue.ac.jp/kaidai3/
    [Range] Books, articles published in journals
    [Notes] Includes Western and Oriental history in addition to Japanese history. Annotated author and article bibliographic database covering a wide range of fields mainly focused on economic and business history.
  • Yasunao Nakada, Hirokazu Shimizu, ed., "Kinsei nihon taigai kankei bunken mokuroku" (A bibliography of early modern Japanese foreign relations)国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク (Tosui Shobo  1999  【GB1-G47】)
    [Range] 1868-1993. Chiefly books and articles published in books and journals
    [Order] Subject volume: By theme> Order of publication year; Personal name volume: Personal names listed in Japanese alphabetical order> Order of publication year; Place name volume: Place names listed in Japanese alphabetical order> Order of publication year
    [Index] Editor/Author name index
    [Notes] A few bibliographies related to the Sengoku period, the Meiji Restoration period, and foreign relations have also been collected. Includes a 'Supplemental foreign language bibliography (by author)' (Written in Roman and Chinese characters).
  • Kyoto Gaikokugo Daigaku Fuzoku Toshokan, ed., "Taigai koshoshi bunken mokuroku. Kinsei hen" (A bibliography of the history of Japanese foreign relations. Early modern volume)国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク (Yushodo Shoten  1977  【GB1-47】)
    [Range] 1868-1975. Books, articles published in books and journals, newspaper articles, etc.
    [Order] Author or translator name in alphabetical order> Order of publication year
    [Index] Major headline index
    [Notes] Collected bibliography of the history of domestic and foreign relations between Europe and Japan, Christianity in Japan, and Western learning in Japan from the late Sengoku period to the end of Edo period and the opening of Japan.
  • Toshokan Ryutsu Senta Daini Kikaku Henshushitsu, ed., "Nihon jibutsu rekishi kankei tosho soran" (Compendium of books related to the history of things Japanese)国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク (Toshokan Ryutsu Senta  2003  【GB1-H20】)
    [Range] 1991-2002. Books about cultural and social history
    [Index] Author name index, keyword index

 

6. Regional History

Please refer to Searching Japanese Regional History Bibliographies (Subject Bibliography) Published in the Japanese Language.

 

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